October 4, 2020 ~ World Communion Sunday

Readings for Sunday, October 4, 2020

 

Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20; Psalm 19; Philippians 3:4b-14; Matthew 21:33-46

 

World Communion Sunday:

World Communion Sunday (originally called World Wide Communion Sunday) is a gift of the Presbyterian Church to the larger ecumenical church. The first celebration occurred at Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1933. World Communion Sunday grew out of the Division of Stewardship at Shadyside. It was their attempt to bring churches together in a service of Christian unity – in which everyone might receive both inspiration and information, and above all, to know how important the Church of Jesus Christ is, and how each congregation is interconnected one with another.

Celebration of World Wide Communion Sunday was adopted as a denominational practice in the Presbyterian Church in 1936. Churches in other denominations were invited to celebrate with us from the beginning, but it wasn’t until 1940 that the practice became widespread. Today, World Communion Sunday is celebrated around the world on the first Sunday in October, calling all Christians to recollect that we are one in Christ and that the table to which we are invited to receive communion is God’s Table, not our own.

Source:       www.presbyterianmission.org

 
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